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Wednesday 2 - Crystal Palace 2

Hillsborough, Sheffield

02/05/10 - 1pm

Attendance: 37,121

Wednesday 2-2 Palace

Wednesday will be playing League One football next season after a draw with relegation rivals Crystal Palace wasn't enough to save them on the final day of the Championship season.

The Owls needed to bag all three points against the Eagles to secure their Championship fate while Palace just needed a point to stay up after failing to secure their status against West Brom last Monday.

And goals from Alan Lee and Darren Ambrose proved enough to send the Owls down, despite goals from Leon Clake and Darren Purse which twice brought the hosts level in an entertaining contest.

Owls boss Irvine had to go for an attacking line-up in the 'winner-takes-all' clash at S6, but there was still no place for winger Etienne Esajas and striker Francis Jeffers, despite some calls for the duo to be included by Wednesdayites.

Leon Clarke, Marcus Tudgay and Luke Varney led the line while Jermaine Johnson added some attacking zest to Wednesday's line-up.

For Palace, Neil Danns was suspended following his sending off in their last match against the Baggies, and Alan Lee was given a startng role after featuring as a substitute last time out.

As expected, the game started in explosive fashion but it wasn't just Wednesday who were going for it, as the visitors also went out with an attack-minded attitude, despite only needing a point.

Former Rotherham United man Lee tested Grant with Palace's first attack on goal inside the first few minutes while Wednesday put the Palace goal under some early pressure with a couple of early corner kicks.

Eagles stopper Julian Speroni was first tested when Wednesday winger Jermaine Johnson went on a typical mazy run and forced the Palace goalkeeper into a relatively comfortable save.

Players from both sides were putting that bit extra in on the pitch but Palace striker Calvin Andrew took his passion too far when he went in high on Grant and duly picked up a yellow card.

It was far from a 'dirty' game though, although try telling that to Owls midfielders James O'Connor and Darren Potter though, who both finished the first half with bandages on their heads.

The chances were few and far between though despite the frantic start.

Grant did have to be alert to deny Ambrose with an athletic save from a free-kick from the Palace man.

The opening goal came in somewhat fortunate circumstances on 24 minutes and it was former Miller Lee who broke the deadlock.

Owls midfielder O'Connor was waiting to get back on the pitch following a head injury but referee Mike Dean waved play on and from the set piece Lee rose highest to power his header into the back of the net.

It left Wednesday with a mountain to climb and the celebrations from the Palace players showerd just how important the strike was.

It was an early blow for the hosts but Wednesday's heads didn't drop too low, Johnson responding with an effort which fizzed wide of the goal.

And their hard work paid off just two minutes before the interval when Clarke fired in the Owls' leveller.

His battling qualities won the ball from a Palace defender and Clarke flashed a cool effort from a tight angle beyond Speroni and into the back of the net to send Hillsborough into delirium.

It came at just the right time for Wednesday and the Wednesdayites inside S6 applauded their men off at the resumption as they hoped for a turnaround in the second half.

Half-Time: Wednesday 1-1 Palace

To add more drama to the clash, former Eagle Tom Soares was introduced in place of the injured Clarke, who'd picked up an injury following his leveller.

And the Owls enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges in the second half, with Palace looking relatively comfortable on their 1-1 stalemate.

Wednesday had a couple of golden opportunities to edge ahead and take command of the match - the best coming from Luke Varney as he shrugged off two of his markers but saw Speroni brilliantly save his powerful effort.

It was a positive sign for the Owls faithful though and the atmosphere raised a notch once again for the biggest crowd inside S6 for over a decade.

Palace continued to focus on their defence but the visitors still looked like they could cause plenty of problems on the break - something which Wednesday were well aware of.

And it was from one such break in which they regained their lead and all-but sealed their Championship status just after the hour mark.

Ambrose, one of Palace's players of the season, arrived in the nick of time to drill home a low effort beyond Grant and send the travelling support behind the goal into delirium.

It left Irvine with no option other than to introduce Esajas at the expense of O'Connor, while Francis Jeffers was also introduced minutes later to join the attack, Eddie Nolan being replaced.

Mark Beevers also joined the attack to add some more height to the long balls that stopper Grant was hurling forward.

Jeffers had another golden chance to get Wednesday back on level terms but he just couldn't connect with a superb cross across the face of goal and the danger was cleared.

The hosts did give themselves a fighting chance with two minutes left to when Palace's Stern John failed to pick up Purse at the back post and the Owls skipper drilled home from a long Spurr throw-in.

It prompted Wednesday to throw everything including the proverbial kitchen sink at Palace, including Grant joining the attack a number of times, but they couldn't find the winner as Palace held on to secure their Championship status.

Full-Time: Wednesday 2-2 Palace




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Date:Sunday May 2 2010

Time: 5:14PM

Your Comments

wish i could say we didnt deserve to go down :(
supersibon
GUTTED! we simply just arent good enough! poor defending on goals, and didnt take our chances.
Wednesdayforlife
at least we will have a decent trip to rochdale next season!!! ha ha ha wait for the player sale to hit!!
bladesforlife1889
just concentrate on your own club, no idea why you post on here PFL. no owl cares at all about the pigs so why do you care about us? you have no idea about our debts, finances or our gates for next season, your just making your self look stupid!!!!
supersibon
PLAYER SALE Pig for Life ?? I look forward to it, hope we do it on a buy one get one free and owst some of the *****e in our team. No doubt you lot will be sniffing about tryng to buy some more of our rejects as usual. We deserved to go down. Not been good enough all season. Going down is harsh but I think it may do us good in the end lets rebuild and move on. UP THE OWLS !!
stevetheowl
disappointed but expected hope we can regroup get rid of Laws's rubbish and bring in some new blood who want to play for the club and make us proud
vic mobley
The game summed up our season. Poor defending for the goals, missed chances up front, Clarke doing his toe in by kick ing the advertising hording just when you think he might turn it on ... Hopefully AI will get a bit of cash so we can get more than 11 wins next season, UTOs
ModgeOwl
we lost it a long time ago lads, we were the worst wednesday team i have seen in 30 yrs + and their has been some crap we need wholesale change in personel just not upto the job fact
HorburyOwl
Yeap... agree with all above. We played well today though just can't defend or take our chances. Great atmosphere wish Hillsborough was like that all the time. I think there will be a massive clearout in the summer and good! I would Keep O Connor, Millar Leon Purse only becuase he be ok League one, Spur Beevers even though he been poor, JJ. Maybe Sean Mac. Tudgay can be sold and Grant deserves to go as the rest in front of him arent up to it. Hes been outstanding. Need total different squad pretty much. Thanks Brian Laws for you're part in this. Serioulsy need some money or we will rot in League one
jamesc1905
Total commiserations lads, pity you didn't get rid of Laws sooner. Hope you bounce straight back up next season.
fifthcolumnblue
BFL... I saw you're lot at Peterborough services to compound a miserable day. But at the end of the day there is only ONE team in Sheffield and thats Wednesday. We will be back and I'd rather pur pins in my eyes that be a supporter of you're dirty cheating team. Good luck next season in championship.. you may need it.
jamesc1905
didn't deserve to go down on todays performance but over the season we just have not been good enough poor finishing with sloppy defending have cost us dear .even today we conceded two poor goals and missed chances hard work is just not enough as it has proved we need a drastic overhaul off the playing staff so we can build a team capable of a quick return to the championship.
beverley owl
i couldnt understand pumping the high balls into box as we didnt win a header in there and ow derry stayed on pitch is beyond belief.2 stern pens turned down,thought jeffers may av repaid us by comin on n scoring but as usual proves hes worthless was easier to score then miss,must say wen they missed their chance at end i thought we was gonna go up field and score winner especially wen corner was awarded but time ran out.All to do next season wont be easy lets just hope the deadwood goes and we can get some quality in especially a striker/s who can get 18+ goals a season.
ollyowl70
Would you like us Millers to come up so we have a derby to play?
herringthorpe
I'm a big believer in finishing where you deserve and over 46 matches Wednesday clearly were not good enough, too many sloppy goals conceded compounded by not scoring enough goals which at times didn't do justice to our build up play. We murdered some teams this season (preston at home etc etc) but weren't clinical enough, one decent striker could have made all the difference. Relegation is obviously a blow but I believe this could help Wednesday build a strong foundation for years to come. AI should know by now which players he'll be letting go and which ones he wants to keep as this is Laws team, I've no doubt investment of sorts will come this summer and AI can bring in the sort of players he wants, my only concern is AI being poached by another club. Personally I'd listen to offers to any of our players, wipe the slate clean and let AI build a team fron scratch + bring through some more academy players.
sussexowl
Olly Owl, spot on. For all the effort yesterday there was no quality (Clarke's goal aside) and no thought. It was like watching a kids game where all the players chase the ball with no thought for using space or passing. Just kick and rush. I can only blame the players so far (and that's quite far) but the tactics are down to the manager and yesterday they were woefully inadequate. We'll need more than that if we are to repeat the success of Leicester (Nigel, fine manager) or even Norwich come to that. Norwich succeeded because they ditched managers very quickly, Forest conversely succeeded (this season) because they stuck by their boss (and threw a wacking load of cash at him) inspite of a sticky start. Whatever happens Mr Strafford is going to have to play his role and let Mr Irvine know what is required (winning the league, nothing less). If the finance arrives back the boss, if it doesn't then at least Akpo (how we could have done with him yesterday) and Jeffers wages will be off the books. All we need now is Purse (admire his character, think he's good going forward but has just cost us too many goals this season), Miller, Gray and the rest of the old and the lame to tottle off for their pensions, the lame loanees to swan off and those with greater egos than ability to jogg off to Burnley and we can start from scratch. We'll miss Grant though. Batten down the hatches for a fire sale, it's going to be an interesting summer.One thing Mr Irvine, we need a GOALSCORER, we needed one last year, we needed one the season before that, hell we haven't seen the like since those brief months of Kenwynne Jones and Steve Maclean. C'mon Wednesday!
robc
yes herringthorpe i for one would love the millers to come up
bradford_owl
you have absolutely no chance of coming up next season, the wage bill you currently have is 'massive' for a league 1 club and huge cuts will be made on the playing field. player you end up bringing in won't be half as good as the useless lot that got you relegated so tough times ahead and some wofull gates to follow. i would'nt be surprised if you went into administration half weay through the season as you outgoings must tripple your incomings now at least!! i predict midtable for youlot next season....UTB FTO
bladesforlife1889
Yet again BFL you embarrass yourself by talking crap and demonstrating how little you know. Wednesday have one of the lowest wage bills in the championship and with 10+ players out of contract in the Summer and most probably leaving inc. Jeffers who is our highest earner (no don't laugh!!), the wage bill is likely to reduce from what it currently is even with new players coming in. With 4 home matches this season topping 30k gates even with 2 being on TV (how many did you have??) I've no doubt we'll be averaging at least 20k next season as we did last time we were in league 1, Wednesday have proved over the years they are one of the best supported clubs in British football, pity they've not been rewarded with a team and board to match that support. Despite the much talked about debt which is peanuts compared to some clubs, Wednesday is a well run and profitable football club and can at least pay it's bills, Wednesday are one of the most attractive clubs for potential investors and I've no doubt something will happen this Summer on that front. I am confident of promotion at the first time of asking and your prediction of a mid table finish is more likely to apply to your lot, if your lucky, as you're a million miles away from getting back to the prem. Gloat in Wednesday's demise if it helps you forget what a shower your lot are but we'll be back bigger and better than before, Wednesday will always be Sheffields biggest club whatever division they are in and deep down you know it.
sussexowl
This is not the worst team we've had in 30 years. We were much worse when we went down last time. We'll be up there in League 1 next year. Inability to score has been the big problem and has been for a good few years now. Great atmosphere at Hillsboro on Sunday, which as always had a great influence on the performance, but I've been to many matches this season where you can here a pin drop, the grave yard as Sturrock used to say. More could have been done by the board to get the crowds in and support, before leaving it till the last match of the season. You could say lets have a massive clearout, but things are different now, whos gonna want to come to league one whos any good. We need to consolidate on the core we have and make some refinments, there not all bad. We have got some good players who will do well in league one. It aint the end of the world, some times a few steps back is good for a few steps forward, look at Forest. WEDNESDAY TIL I DIE.
MightyWednesday
right come on then guys, who's out -who's in? I rekon we should try and keep... Beevers, Spurr, O'Conner, Johnson, Potter, Mcalister, Sean Mac, Hinds, Simek, some for their quality, others for their commitment... we should only let tudgay go if we get a decent price, he could come in handy in league 1 and I'm not convinced many will splash out on him after the season he's had anyway, and I'd love to see the back of Purse, but again he might suit a lower league standard. As for Granty, I'd like to think there's a chance he could be between the posts for us next year but I'm pretty sure even if we'd have stayed up he would have been prem bound so think we've seen the last of him, big boots to fill!! Onto who should go... The clear-out has to start with Clarke! can we finally get rid of this useless lump! I know he scored yesterday but it's partly down to his at times sunday league standard finishing and appalling level of fitness that we're in the position we're in! then obviously we desperately need rid of jeffers, a player quite happy to sit on the bench and soak up the wages, for me the guy that embodies everything wrong with our club at the minute! as well as these Tommy Miller,Michael Gray, and Etienne Esajas need to move on to make way for a fresh start with hopefully some more youthful, ambitious players coming in. The bottom line is no matter what position we're in this time next year I hope will have a team made up of players that make us proud to be wednesdayites again and don't make turning up at hillsborough such a daunting prospect... good look Mr Irvine!
regi_stinker
I think we need some young ambitious players to come into squad and shake things up a bit, no more loanees please. We need to get rid of deadwood such as Gray, Miller, Jeffers..... Injury prone bench warmers!!!! No offence to the guys, I actually quite like Gray and Miller but enough is enough. If we can keep Granty that would be great news but you wouldn't blame him for moving on. We definatly need to sort out the ongoing striker issue, again maybe its time to give a young gun a shot (excuse the pun). I hope Irvine can rebuild this squad with a good mix of youth and experience (when I say experience I don't mean some ole has bin). Lets hope we bounce back with a solid performance next season, with an ambitious hardworking squad who are proud to don the blue and white stripes. Come on Wednesday we believe in you!!!! Good luck Mr Irvine P.S. BFL we really do not care for your opinion on this site. Do everyone a favour and visit: http://www.sheffutd.vitalfootball.co.uk/ I'm sure people may value your opinion on there...
Owlsmad
gutted we are down but the rebuilding process starts now we need players with wednesday at heart grant looks set to leave would'nt be surprised to see laws come in for him so why not ask for a few million and weaver in exchange ? Secondly would like to see chris sedgewick sign as we have a lack of wingers and he is a wednesdayite !glad to see the back of jeffers waste of space think boden simek sodje esajas gray and o'donnell will also go and that nolan will be are first signing little worried on the striker front as all are out of contract and tudgay will go leaving no one clarke will get a deal and seen preston want to offload mellor thoughts on him coming ? Bfl bout time you got ****ed off you're so boring you could send a glass eye to sleep c'mon wednesday we can be champions next year up the owls
retfordowl1867
Gawd I wish you hadn't sacked Laws! :-(
turfmanphil
Our revenge for the Tudgay incident Turfman. Whatever he did to you he did much worse to us. Relegated twice in one season, *****!
robc
The one thing i still dont get is how we managed to finish so well end of last season and play some good football with this bunch of players! what changed? and for a brief spell again this season when Irvine first took over. It was like the players could not be bothered. I think more gone off at s6 than we realise but at least we got a chance to off load some crap and build back up. I think leon might do well in league one. If we get some money to buy good league one players and generate income from that then we can look at Chapionship players in Janurary window. It not going to be easy but if LS udoes what he says he is going to do and some money in then we will finish top. And piggy dont be so smug dont forget your chairman has said he cutting back on spending so where you going no where! we are rubuilding your lot will be bottom half next season and who knows we might even pass you on the up!
Bodsy owl
Bladesforlife STOP spamming every thread on here with your anti Owls posts or you'll be removed from the network, enough is enough, show some grace.
VitalFootballAdmin
yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy have it pigforlife bout time your trash talk was dealt with.
ollyowl70
Well done Vital
Bodsy owl
Well tried to remain positive through it all, now its time to let rip. Granty was awesome, thanks for the memories can't see him being here next year. Thoughts above on who we should get rid of. My first man is Spurr. can't fault his work rate or his long throws but his defensive know how is none existant. You look back at goals conceded over season and i bet 70% have come down our defensive left hand side. Again on Sunday nowhere to be seen on first goal when beevers let it bounce and going out for corner instead of heading out for throw and on second goal just walked round him. Midfielders need to learn to pass to own team when pass is longer than 5ft and don't even get me started on the forwards. Utter disgrace. Deserve to go down. Complete clearout please Mr Irvine. Build YOUR team and US a team to be proud of. Best of luck. UTO WTID.
PenrithOwl
 

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